Snakebite deaths up as victims arrive late for treatment

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Tilottama (Rupandehi)

Aug 2, 2017-

The Butwal-based Lumbini Zonal Hospital recorded 67 deaths from snakebite in the past seven years. 

The number of reported snakebite incidents has reached 19 in the current fiscal alone as the victims do not get timely treatment. 

According to hospital’s officiating medical superintendent Dr Rajendra Sanjel, victims arriving late for treatment is one of the main reasons behind the increasing number of fatalities. 

Of the 155 snakebite patients that came to the hospital for treatment the last fiscal 19 died, according to hospital’s information officer Laxmi Raj Regmi. In the fiscal year 2015/16, the hospital received a total of 149 patients in the previous fiscal year, out of which 13 died. 

Of the victims, around 85 percent were bitten by a poisonous snake known as ‘Raja snake’ and the rest the cobra bite victims. 

While the majority of the snakebite victims are from Rupandehi and Nawalparasi, the hospital receives patients also from Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan and Dang. 

The growing number of snakebite incidents would leave the hospital with shortage of anti-snake venom, forcing it to refer patients to other health facilities.

Published: 02-08-2017 07:27

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